Russell Township Selling Beer for First Time Since Prohibition

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Congratulations, residents of Russell Township, you can now buy beer in your humble little locale. Welcome to America.

Prohibition washed away legal liquor sales in 1920, and until this week, Russell Township stayed that way — dry. Bone dry. Why? Who knows. Communities were allowed to decide for themselves whether to sell libations after Prohibition's repeal in 1933, and for some reason, Russell Township opted for the no-fun option and remained anachronistic into the 21st century because they believed alcohol would bring floozies and backroom gambling and undesirables to their quaint township. Or something like that. There's really no justification that doesn't make them seem like anything but a cranky 90-year-old grandmother.

The Plain Dealer reports from the Circle K, which is the only store in town that will be selling booze.

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